VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MARK STORM DRAINS!
Did you know that more than 32 billion gallons of stormwater runoff flow to the more than 100 lakes in the City of Orlando each year? Stormwater accounts for 95% of a lake’s volume. Every year people pour hazardous chemicals, paints, pesticides, antifreeze and used motor oil down storm drains on streets and in parking lots. Most people don’t realize that those drains carry stormwater runoff untreated into local lakes. Stormwater runoff carrying pollutants and illegally dumped wastes can damage water quality and affect fish, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.
You can help!
Volunteer an hour or two to mark your storm drains with “No Dumping” signs. Storm drain marking is a visual reminder that storm drains are for stormwater only. Marking involves people in the community, educates residents, and increases awareness about the importance of our local water resources and the environment. It’s also a great opportunity to work with friends and neighbors or earn community service hours. All materials and training are provided for free to volunteers by the City of Orlando.
How to get started:
- Organize your friends, neighbors, church group, scout troop, club or student classroom. Individuals and families can participate, too!
- Select a location that needs marking with new or replacement signs. Your City of Orlando neighborhood is a great place to start, or ask for a location assignment.
- Contact Kristen Sims at the City of Orlando Streets & Stormwater Division by phone, 407.246.2257, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve the marking kits.
- Pick a day when the weather is dry and the temperature is above 35 degrees Fahrenheit.